Brick Barbecue




Introduction: Brick Barbecue

Build your own brick barbecue! With few skills and tools this is something anyone can do!
This is the fourth brick barbeque I have built. They are fun to build and cook on.
This time I wanted a large firepit with a smoker on the right side.
I went in thinking this was the last one lol
The grilling side is about 45 inches long by 30 inches deep. The smoker is 30' deep, 28 wide 30 tall.

Step 1: Good Excuse to Build a New BBQ! (pouring the Concrete Walk)

Seeing how we wanted to pour some concrete for a new patio/walk, why not build a new BBQ from brick. Soooo we got to work and included some rebar where the BBQ would go.

Step 2: Concrete Walk Poured

Even though I measured the location of the rebar time and time again, I still got a little nervous lol
Too late now!

Step 3: The Next Day After the Pour

Showing again the locations of the rebar. I wanted to make sure I had reenforcement in certain areas.

Step 4: First Course

Using 4" partition block, I set the first course trying to keep things straight, plumb and level as I could.

Step 5: 2nd Course

With the 2nd course almost finished and my son wanting to contribute to the project, we made up a form for the lentil. I constructed the lentil with two pieces of 1 1/2" angle that suported and cradled firebrick. We then made the plywood form and hung 1/2" rebar length wise and tied that into the vertical rebar. We then poured it using hydraulic cement until the cavities of the first and second course were filled and the form as well, making sure all the air bubbles were out.

Step 6: 3rd Course

The lentel looked like it turned out fine, we ended up with a rock solid structure that included the first and second course of block.
Note: All rebar locations were filled with hydraulic cement every second course.

Step 7: 4th Course

4th course set for the most part, still trying to keep things straight level and plumb.

Step 8: Building the Smoker

The next 2 course have been set, completing the side for the smoker. Again, every 2 course of block laid, the cavities were poured using hydraulic cement at all the rebar locations. I will wait to install the second lentel until after I have set all the firebrick inside.

Step 9: Firebrick Set

I went to my local building supplier and purchased standerd size firebrick and used those for the floor of the firepit. Then I purchased 1 1/4" thick firebrick for the walls of the firepit. Here's a view showing the opening to the smoker. you can also see that I installed a solid 1/2" rod through the block as well. I then welded a solid steel plate to the rod to act as a damper for the opening to the smoker.
Note: I used 3 lbs of FireClay to an 80 lbs bag of premix mortar to set the firebrick. I dry mixed the fireclay and premixed in a mixing tub and then dumped it all in a clean plastic garbage can that had a good fitting lid.

Step 10: Lentil for the Opening Over the Firepit Door

Same as the other lentel, using to pieces of 1 1/4" angle, firebrick sandwiched between them at the bottom with wire mesh and rebar hung in the form.

Step 11: Laying Up the First Red Brick

Feeling really good this day I managed to lay up a good deal of the red brick I had purchased at my local building supplier.
The days have been rather hot and the old dude is showing his age lol
Not bad for an old fart at this stage of the game lol

Step 12: More Brick!

With some more brick, more angle to support the firepit opening and another rather hot day I manage to set a few more brick.

Step 13: Concrete Lid

I made a concrete lid 2" thick with an opening for the chimney. I used wire mesh and 1/2" rebar for the renforcement, then with the helps of my son and a friend of his, we installed the lid, mortaring it in place with a slight drain to the back.
Note: I made a wooden box 2 inches deep, tied the wire mesh and rebar together making sure it stayed supported in the center of the form. I then mixed up three 50 lbs bags of hydraulic cement and pour the form. After screeding the form I then covered it with plastic and let cure for 3 days before removing anything.

Step 14: Finshing Up the Top

Laying more brick getting the top finished

Step 15: Whats Concrete Without Some Steel? Hmm?

Visiting my local metal supply paid off. They had everything I wanted and more lol
The grill and smoker door I cut to size after making the frames. The top pieces for the grill and the chimney hood were cut to size from the kind folks at my local metal supply. I found someone to bend the chimney hood through my metal suppy as well.

My friend next door had some nice 8" tile just the right color, why not use those to finish the top of the smoker with hmm? Makes a real nice surface to put a plate on :)
I bought my stainless steel spring handles and my weld-on hinges on-line.
Everything else came from the hardware store.

Step 16: Car Jacks and a Steel Drum?

They are cheap lol pleantiful and I get to do a little recycling lol
Two car scissor jacks and one clean used 55 gal drum.
Some flat thin metal welded to the top and bottom of the jacks for more stabilty. The drum cut to size with a sawsall for fire baskets.
I raise and lower my fire baskets as needed. Has been real usefull.

Step 17: Grilling Racks

3/4" square tubing and some expaned metal. 1/8" steel rod for small handles.
I made the top frame to include the hangers for my racks.
I wanted two levels and I wanted them to slide back and fourth as well.
I can have to differant fires going and also have the option at which level.
Knowing that I would want to cook most anything (even hotdogs without having to start a fire) I found a guy online that described how to construct a pipe burner in full detail.
Back to the metal supply I went for some 1 1/4" black pipe lol

Here's a link showing how to make a pipe burner.

Step 18: Smokin'

With a visit to a local use appliance joint, I picked up two racks for free! Little farther down the road to another used joint and got two more racks for 5 bucks lol
I welded them together to make one large rack each. I also had to weld up some small flat metal to make them fit my needs for width.
The springs for the handles on the back of smoker and grill doors are from the seat of a riding lawnmower (the riding lawn mower is now a racing mower of sorts lol no use for these springs any longer lol) I used these to keep the tension on the handle to make them operate properly. Some flat steel bent to act as a latch on the inside of the door frame keeps the doors closed rather nice.
Finished off with a nice large easy to read temp gauge.

Step 19: Damper Setup

A photo and some crude drawings to help illustrate how I setup the intake damper.

The exhaust damper is nothing more the a flat piece of steel slid over the chimney to regulate heat flow.

Step 20: Sole's Pit Master Barbeque

Among other names lol
I have kept my fires small so far. Only some light grilling and short test runs with the smoker.
Making sure it dries out slowly.

One cheap Gas Grill on its way out the door lol needs a gas bottle, first come takes it lol

Step 21: Sole's Pit Master Barbecue (Update)

What a great summer of outdoor grilling it has been!
The smoker keeps a nice even temp once warmed up which does not take long!
I have smoked several pork shoulders and ribs, including beef ribs and a brisket and more yard bird then I can remember lol
The fire pit has been awesome as well!
Appetizers like bacon wrapped shrimp to grilled stuffed jalopenos, grilled fruit, veggies, corn, taters, you name it! All turns out great!
I have two nice turkeys to put in the smoker for Thanksgiving. The large one is 17 pounds and the other one is 12 pounds.
Looks like I will be up early!
Mmmmmmhmmmmm I can almost taste it now!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

PS  here's some  more photos!

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7 months ago

Great outcome! I'm just now starting to plan something similar for my back yard.

Quick questions (I'm no brick-layer and have never tackled anything like this)... how did you get the angle-iron in place for the racks? I noticed in pic's that they were put in during construction, they just appear later. I had though they may have to be installed and mortared in with the brick, but did you use an adhesive?



8 months ago on Step 21

Impressive!! Great work!!


Question 1 year ago on Step 15

So I have a brick smoker and the door keeps falling off what should I do


1 year ago

Great work! Could this be built using 100% bricks instead of cinder blocks? Or do the cinder blocks serve an important purpose? I have a lot of bricks but no cinder blocks.


Question 2 years ago on Step 21

Beautiful. That’s what I would love to have in my yard. So how much would you charge me to come build one for me?


Question 2 years ago

great project!
Can the smoker double as an oven with a plate for a fire on the bottom?


2 years ago

Hello everyone!
I hope inspiration has served you well and the time you spend around your bbq with family and friends are many. I can tell you that it has for me and continues to do so. The holidays always include the bbq.
That box of bricks still inspires me to this day. Through out the years I have modified my bbq. The motorcycle jack I really enjoy. The fire basket is a stainless basin cut to fit. The smoker has had its share of mods as well.
Before the project I learned about Rocket Stoves. If your not familiar check it out. How efficient they are never left me.
I applied what I learned from the rocket stove into making a shroud that I place over my fire. Not just a metal box slid over the fire to tunnel the passage to the smoker. A box a little smaller at the intake then the exhaust with a cold air shelf a couple of inches off the floor.
Since my flue is what it is, this is how I increased the draw. Much like a rocket stove.
This mod made burning wood very efficient. The draw back was the lack of smoke. Rocket Stoves Don't Smoke! What was I thinking! Which led to the smoke pistol I made.

So here is the latest Up Date
some think i'm ate up and perhaps I am lol
I made a rocket stove from 4" square steel tubing about 24" tall x 18" long.
I made a auger from washers and powered it a rotisserie motor.
I made a hopper from flashing.
I used a stainless sink basket and perf'd it for a fire basket and hung it in the vertical tube in the bottom of the rocket stove.
No cold shelf, instead a computer fan to force the air.
I made a rocket stove that is fueled by wood pellets.
Fill fire basket with pellets, drop in and light(torch through hole in side). Let the pellets catch a bit, then turn on fan.
Once going, fill hopper and turn on rotisserie motor so the auger can feed the the fire.
I dropped this whole unit in the right side of the grill next to the smoker.
Left side is still used for wood fires. Right side is my version of a pellet grill.

I also made a oven as a insert for the smoker just small enough to stick through the smoker door on a rack just above the opening.
I can now plumb the pellet fired rocket stove to the smoker into the stove.
Wood fired oven that doesn't smoke. Plumb smoke pistol in problem solved.

Wood Pellets For BBQ Only Please! pass up the wally world pellets and find some good ones.
This box of bricks still turns me on.
The years how they move, almost as fast as that last gas grill I watched rust away.

The doors and hood need a paint job but im ok with that cuz Ive been a bit rusty all my life :)
The times spent around that box of bricks and rusty metal I wouldnt trade for anything.

I just seared a ribeye on it tonight and thought I would drop in after all this time to report that my BBQ is alive and well!



3 years ago

Approximately, how much were the materials for this project?


3 years ago on Step 15

did you get the hinges and door handles from your metal supply house? Thanks


3 years ago

Can you measure the temperature on outside brick? I want to make something like this but due to limited space, I had to improvise my 2x5m backyard. Bad news is that it will be attached to my livingroom walls, I'm planning to put rockwool insulation between smoker and the walls.

But not sure how hot it will be for this double walls, and it will be used 24/7 smoker for future smoked brisket business (if possible)


3 years ago

Your BBQ is awesome and professionally made! I would like to do something like that, but I have a very small yard, so I need the tiniest version of your brick BBQ.


3 years ago on Step 5

Fantastic project!!! I must point out though that a "lentil" is small legume often used in Middle-Eastern cooking, and a "lentel" is... who knows. The word you were looking for is "lintel".


9 years ago on Introduction

I will say that this is a great idea that could have been improved on slightly.i am a professional mason/bricklayer. The block work could have been installed with rebar to the slab better. I see that the planning was done right to a degree. The rebar that was set in the concrete slab wasn't installed in the right position.
The brickwork was very poorly done. Maybe a certified mason should have been hired to do the work. I guess if it is a home project it wasn't necessary . I can see it would have given you a great deal of grief!(the small slices of brick to keep it level). I don't want the average diy'er to think they can do this with ease.
Cuddles to you for the project overall.


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Yes I agree there could have been improvements.
I am a professional shoe repairman. Not a mason/bricklayer.
I am sure the entire job could have been done better. Better construction in all areas(rebar install,the very poor brickwork, the degree of planning).

The entire build was a pleasure, there was no grief at all.
The small slices of brick was to adjust the height, not to keep it level.

Robert CraigP
Robert CraigP

Reply 3 years ago

its a barbacue for hevens sack, its bueatiful, its not a house, great job


Reply 3 years ago

Who cares if there is a small slices of brick? Did anyone see the BBQ coming out of this thing? Righteous man! When is supper?!


Reply 5 years ago

You must be an out of work brick mason to nock his work like that. I think he done a hell of a job on it. He is a professional shoe repairman not a brick mason not a carpenter not a rod buster or anything like that. He rebuilds and repairs regular and prosthetic shoe's. Lets see you repair a pair of worn out shoes or boot's. I'll bet you wouldn't even know where to start. GREAT JOB SOLELORD


3 years ago on Step 21

that looks so good. I'm happy you built this on your own,and are willing to share it with everyone. Kent Petterson,Gwinner, N>D>


3 years ago on Step 21

I have seen so many older homes with these brick grills that just were unused and neglected after a couple of years. Lives change and the grills just don't keep people's interest.


6 years ago

This seems dangerous. Any thoughts?